Toward Optimal Transport Systems

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Vincent 570
Natalia Alexandrov (NASA Langley Research Center)
Strictly reactive, evolutionary approaches to improving the air transport system no longer suffice in the face of the predicted growth in demand and must be supplemented with active design methods. The ability to actively design, optimize and control a system presupposes the existence of predictive modeling and reasonably well-defined functional dependencies among the controllable variables of the system and objective and constraint functions for optimization. We investigate functional relationships that govern the performance of transport systems with the aim of arriving at substantiated modeling, design optimization, and control methods.